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Does this fermented beer look right?
« on: March 22, 2016, 01:50:34 PM »
Hey I'm fairly new to homebrewing and have had a couple successful attempts but this is the first time I've seen this. I'm making an IPL and have been fermenting for about 9days and although it's still releasing the co2 it's not steady bubbling (very slow). Also it looks like greenish brown slime like substance is sitting at the top. Can anyone tell me where I either went wrong or if this is natural??

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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2016, 10:15:49 PM »
ummm.....I'm fairly new to brewing but i ain't seen nothing like that with my brews. What's it smell like?

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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2016, 11:11:10 PM »
That is krausen. It's a sign of healthy fermentation.

Since it's highly hopped, the green stuff is likely hops and yeast.

Keep the fermenter closed. Even though the air lock is going slowly, if you're at lager temperatures, this is to be expected.
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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2016, 09:17:22 AM »
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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2016, 12:48:45 PM »
I'm not so sure. It looks a bit too solid to be krausen. I wouldn't pitch it quite yet though. Wait until everything settles and give it a taste. Then you'll know.
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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2016, 09:50:51 AM »
I'm not so sure. It looks a bit too solid to be krausen. I wouldn't pitch it quite yet though. Wait until everything settles and give it a taste. Then you'll know.

Yes. Keep it until it clears.

Krausen has all sorts of looks to it. Beautiful stuff, really.

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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2016, 01:22:22 PM »
Krausen has many different looks depending on the ingredients and the quantity of the ingredients used in making the beer. Your Krausen looks perfectly normal. I remember when I first started I was curious as to what things looked like and what was going on. After I started leaving the lid on and allowing things to ferment my beers improved.

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Re: Does this fermented beer look right?
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2016, 10:03:08 AM »
Looks like some trub didnt get removed before fermenting. It should be fine.
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